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Journal of Robotics
Volume 2015, Article ID 631420, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/631420
Research Article

Integrating UAVs into the Cloud Using the Concept of the Web of Things

1College of Information Technology, UAE University, P.O. Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE
2Department of Engineering, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA 15108, USA

Received 24 July 2015; Revised 7 September 2015; Accepted 13 September 2015

Academic Editor: Shahram Payandeh

Copyright © 2015 Sara Mahmoud et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, have gained significant attention recently, due to the increasingly growing range of applications. Most UAVs use radio frequency transmission to communicate with the ground station to receive commands and send data. However, this model of communication restricts the user to being in specific locations and limits missions to narrow areas. This paper proposes a Cloud Computing (CC) integration where the UAVs become part of the cloud infrastructure and can be accessed ubiquitously. This concept is similar to the Internet of Things (IoT) where smart objects are connected to the Internet and are given unique identification. Moreover, to provide an appropriate way of communication, UAV resources are developed as web services. They provide their resources and services through a uniform interface using the RESTful HTTP architecture. This concept is relevant to the Web of Things (WoT) that provides smart objects with interfaces to be accessed through the World Wide Web (WWW). However, in UAVs, not only the web services are computational services but they are also physical elements affecting and affected by the real world environment.